The typical asking rate per listing is in the $20's per square foot per year. The West Berkeley submarket is going through a decline in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate decreased $3 per sqft per year. That's a 10% decline in rent.
Compared to the rest of the East Bay market, the West Berkeley region has smaller rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this discounted submarket.
In the last 90 days, 12 listings have been made available, which means new listings most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About 25% of the available space in the West Berkeley are subleases, so you might be able to snag a great spot on a short term. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet available, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 1,950 sqft. Most properties in this market are close to 2 floors. Most buildings in this area were built in 1961 and are Class B.
Not much of the real estate is used for commercial space, so it might be hard to find office space. Agriculture is the dominant industry in this area. Commute by walking is the most popular way to get to work amongst West Berkeley occupants. Commuting approximately 10 minutes a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.